Details about 1975 GUILD S-100 Deluxe Electric Guitar - Custom Mint Green, OHSC, Bigsby1975 GUILD S-100 Deluxe Electric Guitar - Custom Mint Green, OHSC, Bigsby See original listing
“Used, Excellent condition.”
Jan 08, 2014 22:46:22 PST
Venice, California, United States
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1975 GUILD S-100 Deluxe Electric Guitar - Custom Mint Green, OHSC, Bigsby.
After 2 years and over $2000 invested, this guitar is the product of expert luthiers, parts sourced from around the world, and an eye for looks, performance and historical detail.
This was originally an S-100 standard with a stop tailpiece. It was in pieces, but the neck was true, the truss rod functional and there was no structural damage. I decided to take this guitar and make it a fantasy guitar: a Guild S-100 Deluxe in “’57 Chevy” mint green.
Like a vintage muscle car with a custom paint job, a tremendous amount of money for parts and labor as well as a tremendous amount of personal time went into this guitar’s restoration, all with an eye to keep everything as true to original specs as possible. The best part? It plays better than it looks. The action is crazy low and hyper accurate. This is an S-100 that was built for everything from strumming to shredding.
Here’s a step by step account of what has been done with the guitar so far:
- The fretboard has been freshly planed and refretted with medium/jumbo frets. That work was done by Renson Guitar Shop in Los Angeles, they do fantastic work.
- The pickups are a matched set of NOS (“New Old Stock”) Guild HB1 pickups purchased directly from Guild Guitar expert and author Hans Moust. They have been wax potted for clarity of tone and reduction of unwanted feedback. They are the hottest pair of HB1 pickups I have played, and I have owned over 20 Guilds with HB1 pickups. The sound from the guitar is exceptional.
- The “Guildsby” tremolo is also from Hans Moust. He included every part for the tremolo, including the mounting screws, spring, bolt and locking nut, etc.
- The bridge is a late 70’s Mueller Adjustomatic roller bridge. The design of this bridge changed around 1976. before 1976, these bridges had two posts that were seated somewhat loosely onto hardware on the body. The holes in the bridge were threaded so that the bridge moved up and down while the top of the adjustment poles stayed the same height. This later design had the adjustment poles threaded into threaded lugs so that they went up and down with the bridge. A much more stable and ergonomic solution.
- Finally, it has been refinished and rebuilt by luthier Tom Jacobs, who has developed a bit of a specialty in these older Guilds. his work is fantastic. No cost was spared, no detail was missed in the guitar’s restoration. He used gray shielded wiring, just like the originals and even the original serial number has been re-stamped.
MODEL: Guild S-100 (modified into an S-100 Deluxe with Bigsby using NOS parts)
SERIAL NUMBER: 121337
SCALE LENGTH - 24.75”
BODY - Solid Mahogany
FINISH - “57 Chevy” Mint Green (refinished)
ELECTRONICS - 2 volume / 2 tone / 3-way pickup selector switch / phase switch for middle position that switches the pickups from a full in-phase sound to a spanky “AM Radio” out-of-phase sound. One of the best features of the classic S-100.
PICKUPS - Guild HB-1 pickups, NOS, matched pair, wax-potted.
TREMOLO - Guild branded Bigsby tremolo.
BRIDGE - original Mueller Adjustomatic tailpiece with roller saddles that allow for adjustable string spacing.
TRUSS ROD - fully functional, easy to adjust, strong, flexible.
NECK - slim oval shape with steady taper.
NUT - 1.625”
FRETBOARD - Rosewood with block pearloid inlays, white binding with black dot markers.
FRETS - 22 medium/jumbo frets, brand new.
TUNERS - 1970s “Guild” stamped Schaller tuning machines
CASE - 1975 S-100 Case.
OVERALL CONDITION - EX only due to being a restoration. Some original parts show aging and tarnish, others are mint-and-polished “New Old Stock” and a couple, like the chrome switch tip, are off-brand replacements.